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WBUF
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City of license Buffalo, New York
Branding 92.9 Jack FM
Slogan Playing What We Want
Frequency 92.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
92.9 HD-2 for My HD (All requests)
First air date 1947
Format Jack FM
Power 76 KW
Callsign meaning BUFfalo
Former callsigns see below
Owner Regent Communications
(Regent Broadcasting of Buffalo, Inc.)
Website WBUF

WBUF is an FM radio station in Buffalo, New York. Its transmitter is located in Buffalo. It is owned by Regent Communications and broadcasts on 92.9 FM. The station signed on in 1947.

Programming

WBUF currently is running the Jack FM format, which it acquired in May 2005 while still under the management of CBS Radio. After the station was sold to Regent Broadcasting, 92.9 Jack FM was kept as a low-cost, but highly entertaining format.

Former formats:

  • 1970s: Freeform/progressive rock
  • 1980: WFXZ "Foxy 93" Format lasted one year, calls reverted to WBUF the year after.
  • Early 1990s: "Mix 92.9", "B93"
  • 1995: WSJZ Smooth Jazz 92.9; Format lasted two years.
  • 1997: WLCE Alice@92.9 Adult contemporary/Alternative music
    • This much-publicized format was intended to challenge then-WMJQ, now WTSS. The format lasted two years.
  • 1999: WBUF B92.9 Rhythmic Oldies/Disco/Classic Soul.
    • Format was intended to challenge WHTT but lasted less than two years. This format's end was marked with a stunt, playing the song "We Will Rock You" by Queen repeatedly.
  • 2001: Buffalo's Rock Station Active rock
    • Format was intended to challenge WGRF and WEDG. WBUF in this era brought Howard Stern to Buffalo's morning drive. Later on, the station added Opie and Anthony. A combination of two events held by the duo led to their demise. The first was "T'n'A with O&A," a raunchy party hosted by Opie and Anthony in western New York and sponsored by WBUF. However, before any disciplinary action for that incident was taken, the hosts were embroiled in the infamous Sex for Sam scandal in New York City, where two lovers had sex in St. Paul's Cathedral in New York City in exchange for Samuel Adams beer. It was the latter event that ultimately led to their first firing. As Gregg Hughes has stated on their current morning show on competitor WEDG, "We were well on our way to being fired for the 'T'n'A with O&A' party, when we were canceled for 'Sex for Sam'." Instead of reverting the drive time back to rock, they instead replaced O&A with the Don and Mike Show.
  • 2004: FM Talk
    • This format was basically a revival of WWKB's ill-fated "hot talk" format of the mid-1990s. The format was intended to challenge WGR and WBEN as well as partially replace WNSA. With both drive blocks filled with hot talkers, the natural progression was to make the station a full-time talker. With the region's best known hot talk host, J. R. Gach, working in Albany and unavailable, Brother Wease, from sister station WCMF in Rochester, was hired to fill the midday, while Tom Leykis and Loveline were given nighttime slots. The format ended in six months after Wease developed nasal cancer and could not work both his Rochester and Buffalo shifts.
  • 2005: Jack FM
    • Stern was the only host retained when CBS Radio, then the station's owner, dropped the talk format in Buffalo in favor of Jack, the first format in about 10 years not intended to directly compete with another station in the market. When Stern left terrestrial radio for Sirius Satellite Radio, he was not replaced in Buffalo.

Since May of 2005, WBUF has been broadcasting as 92.9 Jack FM using the increasingly popular Jack FM format, playing an eclectic mix of popular music from the past 40 years. At first 92.9 was one of the only Jack FM stations which didn't use Howard Cogan as the voice of Jack due to its proximity to Toronto's CJAQ-FM, which identified themselves as 92.5 Jack FM. Using Cogan would have most likely caused confusion with listeners due to the fact the two stations are also close by in frequency on the FM dial. WBUF-FM also cannot generally be heard in the Greater Toronto Area because the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) allows CKJN-FM to broadcast which is often overlapping & very unreliable in that vicinity, though this was not the case until CKJN signed on.

Up until mid April 2009, WBUF used impressive voice talent Brad Davidorf, who is known most notably for his voice work on TBS. WBUF has since reemployed Howard Cogan ("The Coginator") as imaging voice.

Within two months of the change, CJAQ dropped the Jack FM format and went back to the KISS FM format that Jack FM replaced six years earlier.

WBUF began streaming its programming on the Internet in mid-November 2006.

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